Programme looking to tackle unemployment

Azlan Othman

The Manpower Planning and Employment Council (MPEC) Secretariat in collaboration with Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) will conduct the Continuing Education and Training (CET) programme in hospitality.

The programme is open to local jobseekers looking to start a career in the hospitality industry through two roles – kitchen assistant or restaurant attendants – high in demand by the industry. Jobseekers aged 18 and above with a TVET academic qualification and below are welcome to join the programme.

The CET programme aims to generate job-ready and competent locals aligned with the industry’s demand as well as increasing localisation in relevant sectors towards reducing unemployment in the country.

Participants will go through basic skills training at the School of Hospitality and Tourism of IBTE complemented by on-the-job training at identified host companies where they will be employed.

The four-week programme will start on February 24 and caters to 40 participants. Prior to training, participants are required to attend walk-in interviews with companies from the industry, during which they will be offered a conditional offer of employment upon completion of the training.

The training fees for the programme will be borne by the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam via the 11th National Development Plan (RKN-11). Additional top-up incentives will also be provided to those who complete their training and continue working for a duration of three years at the host companies.

The MPEC Secretariat, with IBTE, organised a two-day engagement session to promote the programme at JobCentre Brunei (JCB) on Wednesday and Thursday. Over 170 attendees were present.

The engagement will be followed by walk-in interviews with eight companies who will provide job opportunities. Jobseekers can attend the interview sessions on February 3 and 4 at JCB. The morning session will runfrom 8.30am until noon and the afternoon session from 1.30pm to 4pm.

A section of the attendees during the engagement session. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN